Energy is power and essential for the continuity of life. It is impossible to survive and thrive without physical and mental energy. They are basic requirements for all living beings.
Many factors can drain our physical and mental energy. The fundamental aspects are nutrition, sleep, and exercise. When we lack these three core requirements, something undesirable happens. It is called chronic stress. Chronic stress not only drains our energy but also causes many ailments.
Meeting the basic requirements of nutrition, hydration, sleep, clean air, and movement can help us to control our chronic stress to some extent. But it is not guaranteed. There are still other factors that may cause chronic stress.
Stress is inevitable in life. We all face it. Some of us have a higher threshold and tolerate stress to more elevated amounts. However, it poses significant risks for others.
The critical point for stress is how we perceive it.
This critical point determines how we can cope with stress, manage it, and reduce the risky effects of chronic stress on our energy reservoirs and overall well-being.
There are some valuable aspects of stress, such as acute stress caused by physical and mental exercises. This type of stress is vital for our growth and maintain a healthy body and mind.
The problem is with emotional stress. Medical literature indicates that the majority of health issues are caused by emotional stress. Suppressed emotions accumulate, interrupt the energy flow, and break the balance of the mind/body.
Emotional stress is usually caused by destructive emotions such as fear, anxiety, worry, anger, frustration, dissatisfaction, and even boredom.
Reading research studies and biographies of those who suffered terminal illnesses attributed to emotional stress was an eye-opener for me. Observing this situation in my family members and close friends motivated me to redesign my life and reduce emotional stress to a minimum level.
We can use some proven techniques to reduce and even eliminate emotional stress from our lives. Observing thoughts before they turn into emotions, accepting them when they occur, and mindfully addressing them are prime examples.
Many therapists use such an approach. Some of these professionals not only provide therapeutic services but also train their clients suffering from emotional stress.
Observing our thoughts and naming them can prevent going into an emotional state about a situation. This helps a lot in normal conditions. But there are times the amygdala hijacks the thinking brain. It wipes out our rational thinking and immediately puts us in a vulnerable state flooded by undesirable emotions.
This is normal for all of us. Recognizing amygdala hijackings as soon as possible can help. Once we become aware of the situation, we can use our thinking brain to assess the situation logically. This logical assessment can put us in a better emotional state. It can decrease the intensity of emotions.
Practicing these logical assessments in intense emotional states can empower us for a speedy recovery. Turning this practice into a habit can help us balance emotions and contribute to our emotional well-being. We move from a reactive to a responsive mode.
Sometimes unexpected emotions arise from childhood traumas. It can be complicated and challenging for individuals to notice these unexpected situations. They start crying or getting anxious for no reason. Many cues can trigger suppressed emotions, such as a sound, smell, or a specific texture.
Living our lives mindfully and trying to understand these situations with empathy and compassion towards ourselves is valuable.
However, this approach may not always be possible for everyone. Therefore, many mental health professionals are specializing in different aspects of emotional stress and we can ask for help.
These professionals can identify our blind spots and give us valuable perspectives about our situations. With their help, we can manage our thoughts, feelings, and emotions better.
If we meet the foundational requirements such as sleep, nutrition, and exercise, the large part of the iceberg is dealing with emotional stress. Living a mindful and meaningful life can help, but there may times when we need professional advice and support to deal with emotional stress.
When we increase our emotional intelligence, improve our emotional maturity and reduce our emotional stress, we can experience an abundance of energy. It is worth the investment.
Thank you for reading my perspectives.
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